Kremilin: Putin told Tillerson why US-Russian ties in bad state

Apr 14, 2017, 01:18
Kremilin: Putin told Tillerson why US-Russian ties in bad state

In an interview with Fox News aired Wednesday, Trump said he broke the news of the USA missile strike on Syria during a dinner with Xi and that the Chinese leader "was OK with it" because it was in response to the use of "gases" and victims had included young children and babies.

Peskov also said Putin had given Tillerson his views on the situation in Syria, and how it was likely to develop.

Still, Tillerson sought to stress the positives from his meetings.

He said the US attack on the Syrian air base "was carried out in violation of global norms". -Russian ties and identify problems.

But such hopes appeared optimistic as the diplomats outlined their sharply diverging views on Syria.

China typically sides with Russian Federation in the Security Council, including in opposing US -backed measures to punish Syria for its use of chemical weapons. Tillerson called for Assad to eventually relinquish power.

Russian Deputy U.N. Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov shows his hand to vote against a resolution condemning Syria's use of chemical weapons, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at U.N. headquarters.

Tillerson said Syria's government had committed more than 50 attacks using chlorine or other chemical weapons over the duration of the conflict. Russian Federation has never publicly acknowledged any such attacks by Assad's forces and has tried for the past 18 months to help him expand his authority in Syria.

Syria's Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Ja'afari listens to speakers after a Security Council resolution vote condemning Syria's use of chemical weapons failed to pass, Wednesday, April 12.

While the most immediate U.S. Putin's decision to host Tillerson signaled Moscow's intent to maintain communication with the USA even as the countries bash each other publicly in louder and louder tones.

Trump, who last week ordered airstrikes on a Syrian air base in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack, was asked Wednesday if Syria could have launched the attack without Russia's knowledge.

Tillerson was greeted frostily in the Russian capital as Lavrov began their meeting Wednesday by demanding to know America's "real intentions".

Lavrov, addressing a news conference, said that Moscow is ready to restore an air safety agreement covering Syria which it had suspended after last week's United States missile strikes on Syria. "We consider it of utmost importance to prevent the risks of replay of similar action in the future".

He insisted several times that his forces had turned over all chemical weapons stockpiles in 2013, under a deal brokered by Russian Federation to avoid threatened USA military action. But in a Fox Business Network interview, the US president said he wouldn't intervene militarily against Assad unless the Syrian leader resorts to using weapons of mass destruction again.

Assad said more USA attacks "could happen anytime, anywhere, not only in Syria".

Trump had frequently called during the 2016 United States presidential election campaign for warmer ties with Putin, despite criticism from lawmakers in his own Republican Party.

Russia's hopes for a thaw in Russia-US ties following Mr Trump's election have been shattered by the congressional investigation into alleged ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia.

"Even if we have them, we wouldn't use them, and we have never used our chemical arsenal in our history".

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